Space is good for amateur radio: the story of SunSat

  It has been written and spoken about that amateur radio is a pasttime that contributes to communication, electronic and space activity development and training. In fact it is contained in the ITU definition of amateur radio: “A radio communication service for the purpose of self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations”. For amateur radio to stay […]

Amateur radio empowers learners to choose sustainable careers

  To create a knowledge and manufacturing economy South Africa needs to concentrate on training engineers with the right qualifications. Over time the perception has taken hold of some young people that engineering is not cool. If this is the perception, what are we doing about it?  It is up to engineers to make engineering […]

The world calling Africa

  Once a year radio amateurs from all over the world turn their attention to Africa to participate in the Africa All Mode International DX Contest. The objective of this all mode contest is to focus the world on African radio amateurs. Contesting is one of the many facets of  radio amateurs and challenges their operating […]

Building a CubeSat remains a challenge

  Building a CubeSat remains a challenge whether it would be by buying a complete CubeSat kit from any of the online CubeSat shops and adding your payload or building a CubeSat from scratch. A group of radio amateurs, part of AMSAT SA, decided some years ago to design, develop and build a CubeSat from scratch. […]

Getting ready for amateur radio’s first geostationary satellite

  If all goes according to plan the Qatar Satellite Company’s second satellite, Es’hailSat-2, will be placed in a geostationary orbit by a Space-X Falcon-9 rocket in early January 2017. The Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) managed to secure the privilege to have an amateur radio payload as part of Es’hailSat-2. Discussions regarding the payload […]

Building a satellite takes amateur radio to the next level

  It is often heard that in our days of modern technology there is no room for amateur radio. Smartphones and the internet can deliver it all. Many smartphones include better and faster processors than most computers and laptops but with all that we still need some sophisticated hardware. Cell phones do not make good […]

Is shortwave radio something of the past?

  Before the first FM radio service was introduced in South Africa on 25 December 1961, just about every home had a radio which could tune the shortwave bands. Many people were fascinated by foreign radio stations and the various languages in which they were broadcasting. The BBC, the Voice of America, Radio Nederland, Deutsche […]

The WRC15 agrees on 5 MHz amateur allocation

  At the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC15) radio amateurs were allocated a small segment in the 5 MHz band from 5351,5 to 5366,5 kHz on a secondary basis after years of preparation, trials and discussions. The conference modified the table of allocations based in Article 5 of the ITU Radio Regulation by introducing a […]